Samatha is a Buddhist term that is often translated as “tranquility of the mind.” The Pali Canon describes it as one of two qualities of mind which is developed in Buddhist meditation, the other being vipassana (insight). When these two qualities are balanced, meditation can yield deeper results.

Over the course of this retreat we will practice and learn how to adjust and balance these two qualities in our meditation method in response to our present moment mental state for a more fruitful path of practice. Cultivating and abiding in tranquility can be a wonderful support during difficult times. The clear seeing that comes with practicing with tranquility can help us face the world with greater capacity and deeper insight.

This retreat will be held in noble silence and is open to beginning and experienced students. The retreat content will include:

  • Seated meditation practice and instruction on how to cultivate and balance
  • Samatha (tranquility)
  • Vipassana (clear seeing)
  • Instruction for practicing while standing, walking, laying down, and throughout daily life
  • Breathing exercises, guidance on meditation posture, and self-massage
  • Optional daily qi gong



A vaccination requirement is in place for all participants on this retreat. Follow this link for more information about the vaccine requirement, including an avenue for medical exemption.

All participants will be housed in single sleeping rooms.

We will continue to require all retreatants, staff and teachers to remain masked throughout the retreat.

The retreat container will be constructed in accordance with the current covid-19 conditions at the time to maximize individual and group health.  All participants will be required to follow all covid-19 health and safety guidelines in place at Cloud Mountain. We reserve the right to adjust expectations of acceptable behaviors within the retreat environment to respond most appropriately to covid-19 conditions. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT OUR COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS.

Scholarship funds are available on all retreats to assist those with financial challenges. For more information, read the Scholarship section of our overview information.


Subsidized fee : $210 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $240 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $270 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Following in the Buddhist tradition, none of your registration fee will go to the teacher(s). Please consider offering teacher dāna at the event to support their livelihood. (Dāna is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving. You can find more information about this way of offering the teachings and the "economy of gifts" on our Donation page.)


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